Kings of the Ring: Local professional wrestlers share their greatest war stories

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Darin Corbin, aka Ginger Snap, (left) and Ariya Daivari, aka Sheik, at Crushed Pro Wrestling’s Oct. 8 bout at Mill City Nights // Photo by Old Abbot Photography

Though Corbin is a clear-cut babyface hero amongst fans, manager Benjamin Stacks (or $tacks, as he spells it) is the complete opposite. He’s conniving, angry, and willing to cheat at a moment’s notice if it benefits his clients.

While he is a reasonably new on the scene, having started his career back in 2014, Stacks has become one of the most recognizable and polarizing figures in Minnesota wrestling.

Channeling the spirit of villainous managers from a bygone era of wrestling, Stacks says his motivation for getting started in wrestling was the legendary Bobby “The Brain” Heenan. “If I can’t get people mad, upset, or loud, then I haven’t done my job very well,” he says.

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Benjamin $tacks (right) in a promo image from Crushed Pro Wrestling // Photo via Crushed Pro Wrestling Facebook page

As the manager to the stars, Stacks can often be found cornering some of the dirtiest players in the game. Guys like Orin Veidt, Jacob Savage, and Apostle 13, who pride themselves on doing whatever it takes to win, have all employed Stacks and entrusted him to take their careers to the top.

On this night at Crushed Pro Wrestling, Stacks has brought in Canadian export Tommy Lee Curtis to battle former WWE superstar U-Gene. It doesn’t take long for Stacks to let his true colors show, as he trips U-Gene on the ring apron before whacking him with his trusty cane. Soon, another of Stacks’ clients, Jake Cena (who claims to be the illegitimate son of WWE mega-star John Cena), joins Curtis in the beatdown, with Stacks directing traffic in the ring.

However, for every dastardly act he commits, retribution is always waiting around the corner. It’s kind of a hazard of the job. On this night, hardcore wrestling legend New Jack serves as judge, jury, and executioner, rushing to the ring with a trash can full of weapons and his mind focused on vengeance. After disposing of his counterparts, New Jack turns his attention to Stacks himself, smashing him in the skull with a trash can. Stacks quickly rolls out of the ring, choosing to retreat and fight another day.

Though the crowd is cheering his misfortune, Stacks walks towards the locker room with a small sense of satisfaction, knowing that he has done his job once again.

“If it’s quiet when the match is over, then I haven’t done my job,” he says.

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